Around 17.6% of Pennsylvanian adults have some form of mental illness, which is in fact about 1% lower than the national average. However, around 20.9% of Pennsylvanian adults report inaccessibility or difficulty obtaining mental healthcare. There is a definite gap in numbers here. It’s likely the percentage of PA adults with some form of mental illness is higher than the national average.
Fortunately, there’s help. No shortage of providers (or shortage of funds) should ever prevent you from getting the help you deserve. The following resources are free of charge, confidential, and available to all Pennsylvania residents. Help yourself or someone you love today.
The National Mental Health Hotline
If you need to connect with a mental health specialist, call 1-866-903-3787 right now. A trained professional will take your call and assist you however she or he can. A world of resources is waiting for you. The hotline is available to all US residents and operates on a 24/7 basis.
PA Support & Referral Helpline
The state Department of Human Services offers a free helpline which connects you with a multitude of mental health resources. Call 1-855-284-2494 today to explore your options. Also, check out their website for many other links and resources.
NAMI Helpline & More
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources, including the NAMI Helpline, which can be reached by calling 1-800-950-6264 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Although the helpline is only available Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 8 PM EST, there is a 24/7 text line available. Simply text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.